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Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary Visitor Center

726 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-9049
+1 800-831-4888
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Grandpa Can We Go There?!

This is not an amusement ride or place to drop off the kids for the afternoon. However, all... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
nascarbilly
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Sacramento, California
Worth a look

Our white VW Jetta took us on sightseeing tours around this island of countless parks and beaches... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
AlliecatOOB
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Old Orchard Beach, Maine
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Located in Kihei on the south shore of Maui, the visitor center is an ideal spot to learn about the marine environment and even see humpback whales breaching. This scenic beachfront location at the foot of Haleakala has views of Kaho'olawe, Lana'i and West Maui looking across the waters of the sanctuary. Visitors to the new center inKihei will be able to learn about the efforts by NOAA, the State of Hawaii, and others to protect humpback whales, monk seals, sea turtles, and coral reefs.
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726 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-9049
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"fish pond"
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"great place to learn"
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"hawaiian fish"
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"see whales"
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"helpful volunteers"
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"small museum"
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"learn something"
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"gift shop"
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"south kihei road"
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"these amazing creatures"
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"great whale"
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"wealth of knowledge"
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"sea life"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not an amusement ride or place to drop off the kids for the afternoon. However, all children are definitely welcome with parents to view the Center dedicated to the preservation of these beautiful majestic mammals. There are several examples of lines, bouys, wire...More

Thank nascarbilly
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our white VW Jetta took us on sightseeing tours around this island of countless parks and beaches, all open to the public with free parking. We visited the South Shore’s Kealia National Wildlife Refuge, the whale sanctuary’s visitor center and historic fish pond, and the...More

Thank AlliecatOOB
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Discovered this gem as we were staying nearby, by .chance, arrived just as one of the twice a week Humpback Whale talks were starting. Learned so very much about these amazing whales and kudos to the staff. Visited the rest of the center and talked...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed right across the street and checked out the free center. Hours were short but we managed to be there once. No whales had been sighted from shore for a few weeks but there were turtles sitting on the rocks outside. There was also...More

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Reviewed 7 February 2018

The visitor center in Kihei, Maui was closed for renovations last year. It has re-opened with the same days and times- Monday thru Friday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. It has a great whale presentation on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 AM. The visitor center...More

1  Thank David A
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Reviewed 12 December 2017

Located in North Kihei and beside a public park; is this historic building along the water front of Kihei. They have educational stations for kids play and learning about marine life and our visiting whales. This is a very clean and well kept building. There...More

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Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed the special presentation by Carol. Learned so much and she is clearly passionate and knowledgeable. Recommend for intellectually curious.

Thank Planit104
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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

We knew the visitor center was limited and that is fine. The volunteer who showed us around was very well informed and interesting. But the highlight of our visit was the 11 am talk. A very interesting talk about the humpbacks, the history, migration, reproduction...More

1  Thank Mari Anne H
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

You can learn a lot about whales and you can find some good spots to find nice photo spots and meet good helpful people.

Thank espramiro
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Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Speaker (Bo) was very informative and enthusiastic. Did you know the Humpback whale was once a land animal? I didn't! The feeding and mating proportion of the discussion was also very informative. I highly advise a visit.

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Stephanie H
25 July 2017|
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Response from Leslie P | Reviewed this property |
Hi! I wouldn't take your little one to the lecture (it's too long for a toddler), but the center itself is very kid-friendly. There is a GREAT little kid-friendly beach adjacent to the sanctuary. Good spot for a relaxing... More
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nanashew
25 January 2017|
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10 February 2016|
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Response from Mike K | Reviewed this property |
Don't know about formal lectures, but visitations are sparse enough that docent will take you through the exhibits personally.
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